PSYCHOLOGICAL DIAGNOSES

PSY5MPD

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will build in the knowledge base acquired in Psychological Assessment A and move from a focus on psychometric theory, measurement and interpretation to a focus on traditional and controversial assessments of psychopathological states. The subject presents a critical approach to classificatory systems, such as DSM-V and ICD 10, and discusses the limitations of the current system in light of the research implicating genetic and psychobiological brain involvement in psychopathology. A collaborative and individualised approach to assessment informs this subject and students will be challenged to reflect on professional and ethical issues relating to psychological assessment.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCP Master of Counselling Psychology

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDiagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th Ed)PrescribedAmerican Psychiatric Association (2013)WASHINGTON DC: AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION
ReadingsFoundations of Clinical PsychiatryPrescribedBloch, S. & Singh, B. (2001)MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsInternational classification of diseases, 10th RevisionPrescribedWorld Health Organisation (2011)WHO ONLINE VERSION
ReadingsFoundations of Clinical PsychiatryRecommendedBloch, S. & Singh, B. (2007)CARLTON VIC: MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsKaplan and Sadock's synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioural Sciences/Clinical PsychiatryRecommendedHaplan, H. & Sadock, V. (2007)PHILADELPHIA: WOLTER-KLUWER/LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS AND WILKINS (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsPsychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understandingRecommendedMaddux, J.E. (2012)HOBOKEN: TAYLOR & FRANCIS (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsThe book of woe: the DSM and the unmaking of psychiatryRecommendedGreenberg, G. (2013)BRUNSWICK VIC SCRIBE (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsThe conceptual evolution of DSM-VRecommendedRegier, D.E. (2010)WASHINGTON DC: AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC PUB (E-RESOURCE)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a knowledge of the DSM/ICD system of diagnosis

Activities:
Lectures, readings and workshop activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)

02. Demonstrate a knowledge of the underlying principles of the current nosology

Activities:
Focus on case study analyses using DSM-V: Differential Diagnosis - critiquing of assessment and treatment methods. Case study assigments and use of videoed vignettes of cases representing specific DSM diagnoses
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Be able to conduct assessments informed by a psychobiological model

Activities:
Presentation of cases are analysed in the group according the 4P (Predisposing, Precipitating, Perpetuating and Protective factors) model which address biological and genetic features encapsulated within these categories. Provides the background for case conceptualisation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

04. Employ a critique of current diagnostic procedures in contexts of treatment and care (eg. cross-cultural) and provide justification for such critiques in terms of achieving satisfactory treatment outcomes

Activities:
As above and a focus on Indigenous Mental Health (lecture) and critique of cross-cultural validity in using DSM and ICD to diagnose diverse populations. In all discussions on DSM the cross cultural applicability is critiqued and readings which focus on salient features are prescribed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Communication (Communication)

05. Demonstrate capacity to apply diagnostic thinking in case formulation

Activities:
Tutorial activities focus on developing case formulation and diagnostic skills. Practical examples (either written or videoed) are presented to be analysed in small groups and at times through individual case conceptualisation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Class requirements

Tutorial
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture
One 1.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word write-up of complex case presentation30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one 1,500-word write-up of complex case presentation30 01, 02, 03, 04
one 2,000-word critical examination of psychiatric nosologies40 01, 02, 04